Don’t Break the Bank, Run IT and Change IT

Posted on 03/02/2020

Introducing a new podcast from VMware for curious minds in the financial services industry.

Working in IT in the banking sector, it is easy to focus on keeping the lights on. In this new podcast series, host and Financial Services Industry Managing Director in the Office of the CTO at VMware, Matthew O’Neill along with fellow VMware colleagues explore the challenges and different facets of life in banking keeping CIOs and their teams awake at night. The goal is to transform the way banks and other financial service providers work and to provide the hose to put out the fires!

You can subscribe to the series via Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Episode 5: Pushing on and driving transformation with Martin Eves

In this episode, Matthew and Brian speak with Martin Eves, director for Cloud Foundation in EMEA at VMware, all about how enterprises within the financial services industry are rising to the challenges of technology evolution.

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Episode 4: Unprecedented times with Rory Choudhuri

Recorded on March 24 2020, Matthew O’Neill, Brian Hayes and Rory Choudhuri discuss business continuity during a global pandemic and the challenges financial services organisations face when undertaking this radical shift to remote working.

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Episode 3: Cyber security & banking with Scott McKinnon

It doesn’t matter what bank you work for, or where you are in the world, there’s one thing that units all IT decision-makers at banks – cyber security. In this episode, Matthew chats to Scott McKinnon, Business Solutions Architect at VMware, about how the threats banks face are changing, what that means for the security they put in place, and the implications if they get it wrong.

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Episode 2: End User Computing with Spencer Pitts

Spencer Pitts, Chief Technologist for EUC in EMEA for VMware, joins Matthew to chat all things End User Computing. They discuss how banks and other financial service providers are transforming the way they work, the implications and the steps they take to overcome those obstacles.

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Episode 1: Setting the Scene with Joe Baguley

Matthew is joined by Joe Baguley, CTO for EMEA at VMware, to discuss everything from mainframes to applications, the state of IT to the existence of cash.

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Episode 6: Coming soon…

Make sure to subscribe for future episodes.

About Matthew

Matthew O’Neill is the Industry Managing Director within the Advanced Technology Group inside VMware’s Office of the CTO (OCTO). He works with customers, account teams, R&D teams and the industry at large to tackle the strategic business issues of COO, CIO, CTO, CISO and IT Leadership with an eye on the 0-3 year time horizon.

Before joining VMware, Matthew spent 30 years’ in Banking and Banking IT at one of the world’s largest banks. Having ‘changed sides’, he brings fresh insight on how customers can recalibrate their Run vs Change activities to improve service, agility and innovation. He brings real-world experience in mitigating Operation Risk and improving Operational Resilience in the design and delivery of day-2 operations.

He spent five years living and working in Hong Kong, responsible for the delivery of IT Operations and Infrastructure across 18 Asia Pacific countries. He was a Board Member of a Chinese Service Company based in Shanghai, and he actively participated in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority IT Steering Committee. He has led teams small and large (3 to 3,500) including global teams across 80 countries and held direct budgetary responsibility for more than US$1bn. He has practical experience in Operational Risk, Audit and Compliance, Governance, and the Regulatory Environment.

Matthew regularly meets with customers, hosts VMware events, and represents VMware in regulatory and customer forums. He recently commenced the “Don’t Break The Bank, Run IT and Change IT” podcast, which is gaining increased momentum with each episode.

You can find Matthew on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Brian

Brian Hayes is a senior leader in the role of Financial Services Industry Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Brian brings considerable technology and business experience across many aspects of the FS Industry having held senior IT functional and leadership roles in Retail Banking, Capital Markets and Market Exchanges over the past 25 years for such companies as Barclays, Morgan Stanley and NYSE.  For the past 10 years he has lead a number of Global IT Infrastructure Transformation programmes delivery technology innovation, costs efficiencies and business outcomes.  Brian has also been a General Manager and senior executive within the consulting and systems integrator industry, leading global business lines and programme delivery teams.

Brian has operated globally throughout his career, having lived overseas on a number of occasions and worked for extensive periods leading initiatives and teams in locations as diverse as Brazil, Russia, Holland, France and India.

With this knowledge, skillset and experience, Brian brings life to client conversations and connection around not just the technology but also the business demands and themes, with relevancy to the broader industry challenges. Brian sees the future based around open innovation, bringing all parties to the table to drive customer solutions and value creation.

You can find Brian on LinkedIn.

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